INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Competitive eater Joey Chestnut smashed the world record Saturday when he ate 10.4 pounds of cocktail shrimp from St. Elmo Steak House in downtown Indianapolis.
Chestnut was in town for the St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Championship, an event that’s part of the Big Ten championship football game festivities. Former Indianapolis Colts player Joe Staysniak also competed for the title.
The competition, which took place on Georgia Street, tested who could eat the most shrimp in eight minutes, but the kicker? The shrimp was covered in St. Elmo’s fiery horseradish-laden cocktail sauce. This sauce was deemed the world’s spiciest food by a Travel Channel writer.
Last year, Chestnut ate 105 shrimp, or 9.2 pounds, in eight minutes, so he crushed his own record on Saturday.
Chesnut said he struggled with the spiciness of St. Elmo’s legendary cocktail sauce so he had to switch up his strategy.
“Usually, it comes down to capacity and I still had a ton of capacity left. This one, you’re building a tolerance for the food and every year my tolerance is getting a little bit better and my numbers continue to go up,” Chestnut told 24-Hour News 8 after the competition.
Chestnut walked away with the title of Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Champion of the World and $2,000.
24-Hour News 8’s own Chris Widlic participated in the celebrity shrimp eating contest. He had to eat 10 shrimp with cocktail sauce as fast as possible. Widlic placed third out of seven other local celebs.